Jesmond Community Orchard

Welcome

Jesmond Community Orchard provides opportunities for growing fruit for the benefit of the general community and fosters community spirit by encouraging local residents to become involved in planning, preparation, planting, cultivation and harvesting of local fruit. Through events and activities it builds up an interest in local food growing, and care for the environment.

As well as enhancing part of St Andrew’s Cemetery, which is within a Conservation Area, and has lost trees over the years, the group provide educational opportunities for local schools. West Jesmond Primary School and Percy Hedley School and College. Both overlook the cemetery and are keen for pupils to get involved.

Jesmond Community Orchard is supported by local individuals and families who come to help with the work.

The orchard is located in the North West corner of St Andrew’s Cemetery, near a row of fruit trees growing along a cordon structure and through a large metal archway.

Looking for a present for a family?

We have a family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) for Cragside, valid in 2018. Proceeds to the Orchard funds. Any offers? Please contact us.

Dates for your Diary

We're having a Gardening Day at the Orchard on Sunday (4th November) from 10.30am till lunchtime. An Autumn tidy-up - raking up leaves, repairing the area that was dug up for the burst pipe, clearing old perennials, etc. Please come and join us. We always have fun. Bring tools if you can but we have spares. See you there.

Next year's Wassailing event will be held on 7th January 2019 at 2pm.

Next year's Pruning Course will be held on 9th February and one Grafting Course on 2nd March.

Opening Times

In accordance with
St. Andrew's Cemetery

March and October
Mon - Fri 8.00am - 5.45pm
Sat - Sun 10.00am - 4.45pm

April to September
Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.45pm
Sat - Sun 10.00am - 4.45pm

November to February
Mon - Fri 8.00am - 6.45pm
Sat - Sun 10.00am - 4.45pm

On public holidays, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Remembrance Sunday the cemetery will open at 10.00am and close at normal times.

How to Get Involved

Gardening sessions are usually held on Sunday mornings from about 10.30am till 12.30pm at regular intervals throughout the growing season. Please come along and help to maintain the orchard when you can. Dates are given above and on the News & Events page.

If you prefer to come at other times that suit you better, see the Planting Plan below to identify the trees and the List of Things To Do. Just click on the links:

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